IMPORTANT NEWS: National Electric Vehicle Sweden has agreed to buy the assets of Saab Automobile and the sale is expected to be finalized during the summer.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Saab 9-5 an excellent sport sedan and luxury sedan all in one

In times of deals, investments, production stop etc etc, it feels good to point you in the direction of Motor Authority and their test of the Saab 9-5 Sedan. It's a comprehensive test that not only looks at the car in detail, they even seem to like what they see and drive! Not that this should be a surprise for us who have driven or own this great car :)

Motor Autority about the exterior design:
This is a very sleek, sophisticated design that looks great from all angles and has great proportions.

About the interior and cabin:
Saab design heritage is here in full force, with the swoopy instrument-panel design, canted toward the driver, with a wide center console.
Accommodations are in a word, awesome. The 9-5 not only has some of the best front seats on the market.
The engine and drivetrain:
The turbocharged, 2.8-liter V-6 makes 300 horsepower here and offers some pretty lively performanc. Saab's XWD all-wheel drive system just puts the power to the pavement neatly.
The steering and handling:
Steering here is an unexpected delight. It's nicely weighted, with a natural easygoing feel right on center but a very precise feel just off center where you need it.
Ride quality with the Aero's DriveSense system [...] is really quite good; it's on the firm side, always well-controlled and tight enough for crisp turn-in, while just pliant enough to soak up minor bumps and coarseness.

The only think they don't really like is a bit of turbo lag and the sticker price...